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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Taxpayers League of Minnesota

1999 Positions

State Office District Name Party Rating
MN U.S. House 3 Erik Paulsen Republican 73%
MN U.S. House 4 Betty McCollum Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN U.S. House 7 Collin Peterson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State House 3B Mary Murphy Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State House 7A Thomas Huntley Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State House 8A Bud Nornes Republican 67%
MN State House 15A Sondra Erickson Republican 73%
MN State House 23A Bob Gunther Republican 53%
MN State House 28A Eugene Pelowski, Jr. Democratic/Farmer/Labor 57%
MN State House 28B Greg Davids Republican 62%
MN State House 31B Tom Hackbarth Republican 60%
MN State House 35A Jim Abeler II Republican 73%
MN State House 38A Linda Runbeck Republican 86%
MN State House 45A Lyndon Carlson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State House 49A Ron Erhardt Democratic/Farmer/Labor 67%
MN State House 50B Ann Lenczewski Democratic/Farmer/Labor 73%
MN State House 58A Mary Holberg Republican 73%
MN State House 59A Joe Mullery Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State House 60B Phyllis Kahn Democratic/Farmer/Labor 45%
MN State House 62A Karen Clark Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 63B Jean Wagenius Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State House 64B Michael Paymar Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN State House 65B Carlos Mariani Democratic/Farmer/Labor 27%
MN State House 66A Alice Hausman Democratic/Farmer/Labor 25%
MN State House 67A Tim Mahoney Democratic/Farmer/Labor 36%
MN State Senate 1 LeRoy Stumpf Democratic/Farmer/Labor 14%
MN State Senate 2 Rod Skoe Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate 3 Thomas Bakk Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 6 David Tomassoni Democratic/Farmer/Labor 33%
MN State Senate 12 Torrey Westrom Republican 67%
MN State Senate 13 Michelle Fischbach Republican 73%
MN State Senate 29 Bruce Anderson Republican 87%
MN State Senate 34 Warren Limmer Republican 87%
MN State Senate 37 Alice Johnson Democratic/Farmer/Labor 42%
MN State Senate 43 Charles Wiger Democratic/Farmer/Labor 40%
MN State Senate 45 Ann Rest Democratic/Farmer/Labor 43%
MN State Senate 52 James Metzen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 13%
MN State Senate 64 Richard Cohen Democratic/Farmer/Labor 7%
MN State Senate 65 Sandra Pappas Democratic/Farmer/Labor 0%
MN State Senate 66 John Marty Democratic/Farmer/Labor 20%
MN Commissioner 2 Tom Workman 60%
Ron Abrams 67%
Ellen Anderson 7%
Irv Anderson 36%
William Belanger, Jr. 67%
Charles Berg 47%
Linda Berglin 7%
Donald Betzold 7%
Len Biernat 36%
Dave Bishop 58%
Lynda Boudreau 67%
Francis Bradley 67%
Sherry Broecker 67%
Mark Buesgens 80%
Phil Carruthers 47%
George Cassell 67%
Satveer Chaudhary 53%
James Clark 73%
Roxann Daggett 67%
Andy Dawkins 29%
Richard Day 80%
Steve Dehler 67%
Jerry Dempsey 67%
Stephen Dille 54%
Dan Dorman 60%
John Dorn 33%
Matt Entenza 27%
Tim Finseth 67%
Carol Flynn 0%
Leo Foley 7%
Betty Folliard 33%
Dennis Frederickson 53%
Douglas Fuller 73%
Chris Gerlach 80%
Mark Gleason 33%
Kevin Goodno 71%
Rodney Grams 100%
Gregory Gray 33%
Lee Greenfield 23%
Mindy Greiling 27%
Gilbert Gutknecht 80%
Barb Haake 67%
Bill Haas 60%
Paula Hanson 29%
Elaine Harder 62%
Kris Hasskamp 71%
Linda Higgins 7%
Bill Hilty 33%
Mark Holsten 60%
John Hottinger 7%
Larry Howes 60%
Jerry Janezich 7%
Mike Jaros 40%
Loren Jennings 53%
David Johnson 21%
Dean Elton Johnson 50%
Douglas Johnson 7%
Janet Johnson 13%
Al Juhnke 33%
Ember Reichgott Junge 7%
Henry Kalis 40%
Steve Kelley 7%
Margaret Kelliher 33%
Randy Kelly 21%
Tony Kielkucki 73%
Bob Kierlin 77%
Sheila Kiscaden 53%
Dave Kleis 79%
Jim Knoblach 53%
David Knutson 60%
Luanne Koskinen 36%
Jane Krentz 13%
Philip Krinkie 80%
Gary Kubly 53%
Bill Kuisle 71%
Dave Laidig 69%
Keith Langseth 13%
Peg Larsen 73%
Cal Larson 67%
Dan Larson 67%
Robert Leighton, Jr. 27%
Peggy Leppik 67%
Arlene Lesewski 73%
Bob Lessard 13%
Bernard Lieder 27%
Arlon Lindner 80%
Becky Lourey 7%
Darlene Luther 53%
William Luther 33%
Harry Mares 67%
Sharon Marko 47%
Dan McElroy 73%
Mary Jo McGuire 27%
Bob Milbert 69%
David Minge 33%
Roger Moe 7%
Carol Molnau 67%
Richard Mulder 73%
Willard Munger 33%
Steve Murphy 0%
Robert Ness 60%
Thomas Neuville 87%
Steven Novak 7%
Jim Oberstar 13%
Edward Oliver 73%
Gen Olson 75%
Mark Olson 87%
Joe Opatz 40%
Myron Orfield 25%
Mike Osskopp 73%
Tom Osthoff 50%
Ken Otremba 53%
Mark Ourada 63%
Dennis Ozment 60%
Patricia Pariseau 77%
Tim Pawlenty 75%
Doug Peterson 46%
Pat Piper 7%
Lawrence Pogemiller 7%
Leonard Price 7%
Thomas Pugh 33%
James Ramstad 73%
Jane Ranum 7%
Doug Reuter 93%
Jim Rhodes 62%
Michelle Rifenberg 80%
Martha Robertson 53%
Claire Robling 73%
Jim Rostberg 73%
Tom Rukavina 40%
Martin Olav Sabo 8%
Dallas Sams 20%
Don Samuelson 27%
Kenric Scheevel 79%
Linda Scheid 7%
Leslie Schumacher 36%
Alice Seagren 67%
Jim Seifert 73%
Marty Seifert 73%
Wesley Skoglund 29%
Steve Smith 79%
Loren Solberg 33%
Sam Solon 0%
Allan Spear 7%
Richard Stanek 64%
Doug Stang 67%
Dan Stevens 79%
Julie Storm 67%
Steven Sviggum 67%
Howard Swenson 60%
Barbara Sykora 60%
David Ten Eyck 36%
Roy Terwilliger 54%
Kathy Tingelstad 73%
Steve Trimble 40%
John Tuma 73%
Jim Tunheim 53%
Henry Todd Van Dellen 77%
Ray Vandeveer 80%
Bruce Vento 20%

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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